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JR MonteroseIn Action (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Studio 4/SSJ (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $24.99
Brilliant work by JR Monterose – an obscure album cut after his Blue Note date, with backing by a small Iowa combo! The sound is very hip – as sharp-edged and standout as any of JR's other few albums – and the regional setting of the album doesn't dim the fire a bit! The core trio here is led by drummer Joe Abodeely – who most likely set up the whole date – but given the structure of the tunes, it's also clear that JR's tenor is one of the main attractions – and gets plenty of room to stretch out on the album's mid-length tracks. Most tunes are nice and fresh – and titles include "I Should Care", "Waltz For Claire", "That You Are", "Herky Hawks", and "Red Devil". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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JR MonteroseLive In Albany 1979 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Uptown, 1979. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A legendary live set from the great tenorist JR Monterose – one cut in a small club in Albany at the end of the 70s, but a record we love every bit as much as JR's famous debut on Blue Note! The tone here is a lot more biting in the earlier years – informed by years of Monterose's experience in the smaller streams of jazz, and expressed with a wonderfully heartfelt quality that leaves us breathless right from the very first note! JR's still got all the sense of modern in his horn, but also has a much deeper sense of feeling too – a quality that makes the album a stunner all the way through, and has us again scratching our heads wondering why Monterose was never a bigger force in jazz. Backing is by a small combo that features the equally excellent Hod O'Brien on piano, plus Teddy Kotick on bass and Eddie Robinson on drums – and titles include "Lu-Ann", "Ruby My Dear", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD features three never-heard bonus tracks from the same set – "Giant Steps", "Green Street Scene", and "I Should Care". CD

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Brew MooreBrew Moore Live In Europe 1961 ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1961. Sealed (reissue)... $14.99
One of the all-too-few recordings of the great Brew Moore on tenor as a leader – a rare date recorded during the year of Moore's first appearance on the European scene – the start of a great 60s run that really had the saxophonist taking off overseas! Brew was already great on his handful of 50s releases in the US, but when he hit the European scene he seemed to change into an even more amazing player, almost overnight – one with a boundless sense of imagination that comes through in well-crafted, extended solos – and a sense of depth and soul that should have gotten Moore much greater recognition on these shores at the time! This set features really striking material from a few different settings – maybe the best of which is material recorded in Stockholm with a Swedish trio – on long tracks that include "Five Planets In Leo", "Buzzy", and "Apple Core". The set also features some tighter Parisian recordings – done at the Blue Note with a sweet quartet that features Lou Bennett on organ, Jimmy Gourley on guitar, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on the titles "Zonky", "Broadway", and "Satin Doll". Last up is one more track recorded for Danish TV with Paul Godske on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – a nice reading of Brew's own tune "Ergo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ralph MooreImages ... LP
Landmark, 1989. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take chances too – a way of handling the tenor that few of his contemporaries could match, which is probably why Ralph's presence really upped the ante on so many dates at the time as a sideman. He's even better as a leader, though, and this standout set for Landmark is a real gem – a record filled with freely creative energy throughout, and a never-ending sense of soul – as Moore's tenor is set up nicely in a core group with Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – the latter of whom brings some of the same magic to this set that Billy Higgins did to Blue Note in the 60s. Terence Blanchard plays trumpet on 4 of the album's tracks – and titles include "Punjab", "Freeway", "Enigma", "Blues For John", "One Second Please", and "Episode From A Village Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ralph MooreImages (plus bonus track) ... CD
Landmark, 1989. New Copy ... $4.99
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take chances too – a way of handling the tenor that few of his contemporaries could match, which is probably why Ralph's presence really upped the ante on so many dates at the time as a sideman. He's even better as a leader, though, and this standout set for Landmark is a real gem – a record filled with freely creative energy throughout, and a never-ending sense of soul – as Moore's tenor is set up nicely in a core group with Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – the latter of whom brings some of the same magic to this set that Billy Higgins did to Blue Note in the 60s. Terence Blanchard plays trumpet on 4 of the album's tracks – and titles include "Punjab", "Freeway", "Enigma", "Blues For John", "One Second Please", and "Episode From A Village Dance". Also includes the CD-only bonus track "Morning Star". CD
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Idris MuhammadPeace & Rhythm ... LP
Prestige, 1971. Good ... $19.99
A wonderful departure from drummer Idris Muhammad – and proof that he could do a lot more than just provide heavy breaks for Lou Donaldson and Melvin Sparks! This set is surprisingly spiritual and righteous at points – with a groove that's almost more like Strata East than some of Muhammad's previous work as a sideman on Blue Note and Prestige. Side one features the extended "Peace and Rhythm Suite" – a beautiful cut that's filled with searching, soaring energy – and side two includes two vocal cuts "Brother You Know You're Doing Wrong" and "I'm a Believer", both sung by Sakinah Muhammad – plus "Don't Knock My Love". Players are all great – and a nicely different lineup than the usual Prestige jazz funk gang. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original green label pressing. Cover has wear & aging. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Bert MyrickLive N'Well ... CD
Strata/BBE (UK), 1965. New Copy ... On June 30, 2017
Excellent recording of one of the great underground jazz groups working in Detroit in the 60's. Part of this group went on to be the Kenny Cox group that recorded for Blue Note, but at this point, the players are Myrick on drums, Kenny Cox on piano, George Bohannon on trombone, Will Austin on bass, and Ronnie Fields on tenor. Nice long tracks with a modernist approach to hard bop. Kenny Cox wrote two of the tracks – the excellent "Scorpio's Child", and "The Latin Bit" – and the other cuts include "Paramour" and "Sevenths". Recorded in 1965, issued in the 70's by the obscure Strata label. CD

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Bert MyrickLive N'Well ... LP
Strata/BBE (UK), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... On June 30, 2017
Excellent recording of one of the great underground jazz groups working in Detroit in the 60's. Part of this group went on to be the Kenny Cox group that recorded for Blue Note, but at this point, the players are Myrick on drums, Kenny Cox on piano, George Bohannon on trombone, Will Austin on bass, and Ronnie Fields on tenor. Nice long tracks with a modernist approach to hard bop. Kenny Cox wrote two of the tracks – the excellent "Scorpio's Child", and "The Latin Bit" – and the other cuts include "Paramour" and "Sevenths". Recorded in 1965, issued in the 70's by the obscure Strata label. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Grassella OliphantGrass Is Greener ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as Grasella leads a totally great group with John Patton on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Harold Ousley on tenor – making a really great appearance here, and having us wish he did more dates like this! Clark Terry's also on the set to punch things up on trumpet and flugelhorn – and titles include a killer break version of "Get Out Of My Life Woman", with some very tasty drums – plus "Cantaloupe Woman, "The Yodel", "The Latter Days", "Rapid Shave", and "Soul Woman". LP, Vinyl record album

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One For All (Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, et al)End Of A Love Affair ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2001. Used ... $14.99
There's no end to our love affair with this great group – one of the most rock-solid lineups of the past decade or so, thanks to tight work from some players who clearly love working with each other! The mighty Eric Alexander is in the frontline on tenor sax – as are Jim Rotondi on trumpet and Steve Davis on trombone – and the rhythm section's equally cooking with David Hazeltine on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and the mighty Joe Farnsworth on drums! The set's got the kind of groove you might think was only cut back in the day – a soulful take on hardbop that's right up there at a Blue Note level of precision and expression. Titles include "Shinjuku Waltz", "How Are You", "Corcovado", "Stolen Moments", and "The Eyes Have It". CD
(Out of print.)

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John PattonMinor Swing ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1997. Used ... $19.99
An amazing meeting of two unlikely talents – the classic Blue Note Hammond sound of John Patton, and the angular alto of improvisor John Zorn! The set's not as much of a surprise when you realize that Zorn had been a fan of Patton for years – and had used the organist on some of his key 80s projects, at a time when Patton had really fallent out of the limelight. As a way of returning the favor, Zorn produced this excellent album as part of Patton's comeback efforts in the late 90s – and without a doubt, it's one of Big John's best records since the 60s! Zorn's amazingly respectful of the classic Patton sound, and manages to create a setting of angular, modal grooves that really recalls the freshest, freest-thinking styles of the Blue Note years – with long tracks that let both players stretch out nicely – in a way that shows that Patton has lost none of his solo imagination on the Hammond, and which has Zorn playing soulfully and straight ahead, but with a wonderful edge that's almost like Benny Maupin or Tyrone Washington on Blue Note at the time! The rest of the group features Ed Cherry on guitar and Kenny Washington on drums – and titles include "B Men Thel", "Lite Hit", "The Way I Feel", "Tyrone", "Minor Swing", "The Rock", and "Along Came John". File this one next to your Patton Blue Notes – and you'll hardly notice the difference! CD
(Out of print.)

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Florian Pellissier QuintetBiches Bleues ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy ... $13.99
The title might sound like a Miles Davis homage, but the record is something else entirely – a really warm, wonderful set of spiritually-tinged jazz tracks – served up with a very classic vibe! The group's led by pianist Florian Pellissier, who also wrote most of the tracks on the set – and the music's got this sense of color and flow that's completely sublime – modes that are almost in the current Blue Note world of Robert Glasper or some of his contemporaries, especially in the way that Pellissier blocks out his chords – but with a vibe that's often more old school too, especially when the music takes off with the trumpet of Yann Loustalot and tenor of Christophe Panzani. Both players are great, and know how to soar at all the right moments – and titles include "J'Ai Du Rever", "Cinq Minutes Avant La Fin", "Dance Cadaverous", "Six Jours Apres La Guerre", and "Biches Bleues". CD
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✨✧ Florian Pellissier QuintetBiches Bleues ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The title might sound like a Miles Davis homage, but the record is something else entirely – a really warm, wonderful set of spiritually-tinged jazz tracks – served up with a very classic vibe! The group's led by pianist Florian Pellissier, who also wrote most of the tracks on the set – and the music's got this sense of color and flow that's completely sublime – modes that are almost in the current Blue Note world of Robert Glasper or some of his contemporaries, especially in the way that Pellissier blocks out his chords – but with a vibe that's often more old school too, especially when the music takes off with the trumpet of Yann Loustalot and tenor of Christophe Panzani. Both players are great, and know how to soar at all the right moments – and titles include "J'Ai Du Rever", "Cinq Minutes Avant La Fin", "Dance Cadaverous", "Six Jours Apres La Guerre", and "Biches Bleues". LP, Vinyl record album
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Florian Pellissier QuintetBiches Bleues ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
The title might sound like a Miles Davis homage, but the record is something else entirely – a really warm, wonderful set of spiritually-tinged jazz tracks – served up with a very classic vibe! The group's led by pianist Florian Pellissier, who also wrote most of the tracks on the set – and the music's got this sense of color and flow that's completely sublime – modes that are almost in the current Blue Note world of Robert Glasper or some of his contemporaries, especially in the way that Pellissier blocks out his chords – but with a vibe that's often more old school too, especially when the music takes off with the trumpet of Yann Loustalot and tenor of Christophe Panzani. Both players are great, and know how to soar at all the right moments – and titles include "J'Ai Du Rever", "Cinq Minutes Avant La Fin", "Dance Cadaverous", "Six Jours Apres La Guerre", and "Biches Bleues". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Shawn PhillipsSpaced ... LP
A&M, 1977. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Wonderful! Shawn Phillips started his career as a shaggy folk rocker with a bit of a jazzy twinge – but this album collects odd bits and pieces that were left off of earlier albums, and works perfectly as a record that shows a whole new side of his genius! The album shows Phillips as a master of the funky jazz groove – and although he's still singing on some of the songs, he also lets loose with a number of instrumental cuts, laid out in a tight well-produced mode that puts them up there with some of the best work coming out on labels like Fantasy or Blue Note during the mid 70s. The centerpiece of these is the massive long cut "We Came To Say Goodbye", which builds and builds over the course of 15 minutes, with cool keyboards, great guitar, and the kind of tightly compressed grooves you'd expect to find on a Headhunters album (no surprise, since Headhunters Mike Clark, Bill Summers, and Paul Jackson are on the cut!) Other instrumental tracks include "Prelude To A Leaving" and "Italian Phases" – and strong vocal numbers include "Parisian Plight 1" and "Your Eyes". (Soul, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam, a cutout hole, and light wear.)

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Jimmy PonderJump ... CD
Muse, 1989. Used ... $11.99
Surprisingly sweet grooves from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – one of the few from the jazz funk generation who kept on going strong into the 80s! Jimmy's sound here is nicely laidback – a nice change from his smoother albums of a few years before, and set up in an almost-classic sort of mode with John Patton on organ! The sound isn't as hard-wailing as a Blue Note date from the 60s, but it's also pretty good too – nicely chromatic, and really showing the change in Ponder's approach to the guitar over the years – informed with a bit of Wes Montgomery phrasing, but still grooving overall. Patton's organ is never too dynamic, but always nice –a nd other players include James Anderson on tenor, Geary Moore on rhythm guitar, Eddie Gladden on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion. Titles include "I'll Always Be There", "Jump", "In A Mellow Tone", "When Love Comes My Way", and "Blues For Betty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bud PowellSwingin' With Bud ... CD
RCA/Sony (France), 1957. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
One of the few Bud Powell sessions cut for RCA, but a brilliantly swinging date that has the pianist working at the height of his powers! There's an edge here that comes through right from the start – an off kilter vibe in both Bud's tone, and even in the way he's vocalizing joyously in the background at a few spots – not singing, but exclaiming – at a level that really helps you feel how much he owns the piano while he's performing! Dark pockets and sharp angles pervade – while still swinging right down the middle – balanced off perfectly with work from Art Taylor on drums and George Duvivier on bass. Tremendous all the way through – and different than Bud's work for Verve and Blue Note – in a really compelling way. Titles include "Another Dozen", "Like Someone In Love", "She", "Oblivion", "Swedish Pastry", and "Birdland Blues". CD

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Alvin QueenJammin' Uptown ... LP
Nilva, 1985. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A soul jazz gem from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the overlooked treasures on his own Nilva Records label from the 80s! The set's a monster all the way through – a cut above so many other sides like this from the time, and put together with a sock-solid energy that almost recalls earlier brilliance on labels like Blue Note or Prestige! Queen's at the head of the group on drums – pushing the lineup with Blakey-like intensity, yet in a slightly looser, more open feel overall – especially when it comes to the structure of the solos. Players include Manny Boyd on saxes, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, John Hicks on piano, and Ray Drummond on bass – the last of whom produced the record with a very jazz-sensitive ear! Titles include "Hassan", "Europia", "Jammin Uptown", "After Liberation", and "Mind Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freddie ReddSan Francisco Suite ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $14.99
Very different work than Freddie Redd's firey albums for Blue Note – a set of trio tunes that are distinctly modern, but done with a much more laidback approach. Freddie's style here has a bit of the late nite barroom feel – with some great blue notes and sadness stepping out from the keys, especially in the album's extended title suite – a beautiful collection of shorter sound poems dedicated to San Francisco. The trio features George Tucker on bass and Al Dreares on drums – and titles include "San Francisco Suite", "Blue Hour", "By Myself", "Nica Steps Out", "Minor Interlude", and "This Is New". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dizzy ReeceManhattan Project ... LP
Beehive, 1978. Sealed ... $6.99
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, which is no surprise, since he and Reece were playing together a bit in the late 70s. Tracks have a nice "statement" quality – played by a bold group that includes Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis, Albert Dailey, and Roy Haynes – tight in formation on the themes, but breaking loose with some great work on the solos. Titles include "Con Man", "Manhattan Walk", "Yule On The Hudson", and "One For Trane". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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